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Flight with 326 passengers makes emergency landing for Pilot’s mistake
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Flight with 326 passengers makes emergency landing for Pilot’s mistake

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Emergency landing of flights teaches how a simple mistake may lead to the tragedy of catastrophic proportion.

Revealing an incident which happened in February 2019, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) in a report pointed out that how a pilot’s simple mistake led to the emergency landing of a flight with 326 passengers.

The reason: a pilot accidentally spilled the hot coffee over the cockpit control panel. The incident happened while the flight was moving over Atlantic Ocean. With the hot liquid causing a strong electrical burning smell and smoke rising from the panel, the captain decided to divert, the report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said. The incident happened after a pilot put his coffee cup without a lid on a tray table rather than in a cup holder, the report said.

The episode took place in the Airbus A330-243 flying to Cancun, Mexico, from Frankfurt, which forced to make an emergency landing at Shannon in Ireland due to pilot’s simple mistake. There were no injuries in the incident.

The AAIB did not name the airline in the report but said it had since changed procedures to ensure that cup lids are provided for flights on all routes, and that crews are reminded of the need to use them.